CAW - Utility Caretaker
Revision Date: October 2001
Classification: Utility Caretaker
Hay Point Range: N/A
CHARACTER OF THE JOB
Utility Caretakers are employed by both The Physical Plant Department and the Residences at the University of Manitoba.
Under general supervision, the Utility Caretaker is responsible for the provision of the maintenance of grounds through the process of routine and specialized cleaning to provide an attractive, clean, safe, healthy and sanitary environment for staff, students and the public, the provision of moving and setting up for special functions, and for maintaining the area surrounding buildings assigned.
Utility Caretaker coverage is required on a three shift basis - day, afternoon and night shift (7 days per week) and therefore shift assignment may be to any one of these shifts.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Maintains a high standard of cleanliness in student areas, offices, classrooms, lounges, halls, stairs and entrances of building.
- Maintains floor coverings through the use of specialized equipment and maintenance techniques.
- Vacuums/shampoos carpets, drapes and furniture.
- Empties waste containers and ash trays and transports waste to pick-up point.
- Collects recyclable materials and transport same to pick-up point.
- Cleans and disinfects washrooms, sinks, toilets, stall dividers and urinals daily.
- Cleans drinking fountains, vanities and mirrors daily.
- Maintains supplies of towels (linen and paper), soap and washroom tissues.
- Collects money from dispensers and maintains stock in same.
- Cleans chalk boards and chalk board railings.
- Dusts window sills, desks, shelving, pipes and other fixtures.
- Cleans glass doors and dividers.
- Washes walls and windows as required.
- Replaces burnt out light bulbs and maintains stock of same.
- Reports malfunctions of lighting system, mechanical equipment and movable screens, etc., to the supervisor.
- Turns off lights in areas not being occupied.
- Locks and unlocks entrance doors unless otherwise instructed.
- Strips and refinishes floors.
- Makes frequent inspections in Food Service areas for fire hazards.
- Recognizes hazardous conditions and reports same to supervisor immediately.
- Maintains grounds around building.
- Clears snow and ice at building entrances, on sidewalks, stairways, platforms, etc.
- Indoor plant care.
- Sets up tables, chairs, dividers, etc., for examinations, banquets, movies, convocation, registration or other special events according to provided diagrams.
- Maintains liaison with special function organizers.
- Cleans mechanical rooms, heat radiators, drains, etc., as assigned by supervisor.
- Carries out minor maintenance, such as unplugging toilets, oiling hinges, replacing glides on chairs and maintaining caretaking equipment (e.g., check/clean machines, filters, vacuum bags, pads, fluid levels, hoses, power cords, batteries, etc.).
- Records hours of work on work orders and daily time cards.
- Checks fire extinguishers and fire doors.
- Moves furniture and other items to and from storage and other areas.
- Recognizes and reports any hazardous situations to the immediate supervisor.
For Residences only:
- Thoroughly cleans Residence rooms each spring and fall.
- Cleans, sets up and provides or changes linen in Residence rooms for conference guests.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:
Level of Formal Education
- Education to an acceptable level.
- Acceptable related experience.
- Must possess a good knowledge of cleaning procedures and grounds maintenance as well as experience in the safe operation and maintenance of equipment used, such as floor polisher, vacuum cleaner, carpet extractors, power scrubber, lawnmower, weedeater, snowblower, etc.
Skills and Abilities
- Must be able to communicate in English - oral and written.
- Must be able to follow oral and written instructions.
- Must be able to communicate and relate well with staff, students, organizers of functions and the public.
- Must be able to work independently or in teams with minimal supervision.
- Must have good organizational skills.
- Must be willing to work outdoors summer and winter.
- Must adhere to all safety standards as established by the Physical Plant Department.
- Must be able to successfully complete established job related training programs, such as WHMIS, etc.
- Must be willing to work any of day, afternoon, night or weekend shifts.
- Must be physically capable of performing the duties as assigned.
- Must be able to perform heavy and repetitive lifting, bending, stretching, etc.
- Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
- Must be able to climb ladders.
This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.
"In accordance with the University's Health and Safety Policy, and in support of the Workplace Safety and Health Act, Physical Plant is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all staff and students.
Physical Plant will instruct all employees to complete an Orientation Workshop, normally during the first day on the job, and the Health and Safety Orientation Module, normally during the probation period. Employees will also be instructed to complete various workshops, such as Asbestos Awareness, etc. during the first year of employment depending upon an individual's classification."
Questions or Comments? Contact Jindra Vancura at (204) 474-8288